What foods we choose to eat? Seems pretty cut and dry, but I am learning that there are a multitude of choices. I truly believed I was pretty savvy when it came to nutrition. As a matter of fact, I was a bit nervous when I signed on the dotted line and committed U.S. Dollars (a bunch of them!) to my education at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) that I would be bored with the curriculum: HAH! The joke is on me. There is so much to learn!
I did have the basics and beyond, but there are dietary lifestyles of which I was pretty ignorant. Recently we covered Macrobiotics, Ayurveda and Raw, and while I had a vague idea of what they were, I had no idea of the complexities, nor of how aspects of all of them could be beneficial to each of us.
As an experiment I began eating a 90% raw diet. Primarily I ate fruit, nuts, seeds and non-starchy vegetables while having brown rice (a nod to macrobiotics) at dinner. After listening to Dr. John Douillard lecture on Ayurveda, and working through the exercises provided, I discovered I was a Pitta (summer)/Vata (spring) body type and it made perfect sense that it was easy for me to do a raw diet in the summer. Pitta is a ‘hot’ body type and in the season of Pitta they need to be careful to balance their systems; thus, the raw, cooling foods in the summer were perfect for me.
The founder and director of IIN, Joshua Rosenthal, told us early in the year that we would change our diets often during the course of our training … How true! I went from eating no meat, dairy, wheat to adding in the occasional egg (that didn’t work!), to macro with cooked foods (couldn’t stay away from fresh fruit!) to raw (had to have my rice!) to where I am today: Eating primarily raw fruits, non-starchy vegetables, brown/wild rice mix I make, and smoked fish. I add in the occasional cooked seafood and I have a 1 cup serving of bean/split pea soup daily. Whew!
So, this all seems to work quite easily for me and my energy level is great. Have you experimented with dietary changes? Ever tried adding something in like fresh, organic greens to see how you feel? Did you notice I said, “adding something in?” That’s because my approach isn’t to take things away, it’s to add in healthy things. What happens is that, if you listen to your body you’ll know what works for you.
I am excited to announce that I will be certified to begin health coaching very soon and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to help people on their quest for better health. If you’re interested in enjoying life more, fantastic health, higher energy, weight loss, stress reduction and gaining more restful sleep, go to www.HealthWorksKC.com and contact me for a FREE Health Consultation and/or to be added to my email list. I am getting ready to send out a regular newsletter that will offer you tips to help you on the path to great health.
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